Restaurants in Ventura

Up to 53% Off at Bonnie Lu's Cafe

Ojai

$15 $7

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Traditional comfort food including farm-fresh omelets, homemade soups, and hearty sandwiches made with ingredients from local distributors

52% Off Healthy Meal at Mia's Place

Multiple Locations

$12.50 $6

The café promotes health with handcrafted sandwiches, fruit, salads, and smoothies packed with protein or fruit

Up to 45% Off Farm-to-Table Lunch at Ojai Deer Lodge

Meiners Oaks

$17.50 $10

Patties of Black Angus beef, Diestel Ranch turkey, or a house-made black-bean blend; mac and cheese with honey-smoked bacon

Half Off Café Cuisine at Tomas Cafe & Gallery

Downtown Oxnard

$20 $11

(37)

Using local ingredients, chefs dish out fresh, Mexican-influenced café food, paired with coffeehouse drinks

Up to 40% Off American and Asian Food at Bamboo Steakhouse

Camarillo

$37.90 $23

(45)

Sunday brunch includes benedicts, omelets, and dessert; MSG-free Cantonese and Szechuan fare pairs with steaks during lunch and dinner

Up to 50% Off at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Lower State

$38 $19

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Local and international cabernet, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc wash down sausage piperade flatbread or mussels steamed in white wine

43% Off House Margaritas and Snacks at Baja Sharkeez

Santa Barbara

$24.49 $14

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Baja-style Mexican appetizers such as shrimp ceviche or mini chicken tacos pair with hand-shaken margaritas that can be infused with fruit

Half Off American Breakfast and Lunch Cuisine at Restaurant Open

Santa Barbara

$20 $10

Daily specials sourced from local markets include honey-battered corn dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, and meatball subs

Up to 51% Off Seafood at Killer Shrimp

Santa Barbara

$50 $25

(47)

Diners sup fresh seafood and sip top-shelf beer and cocktails

50% Off Mexican Food at Rose Café on the Mesa

Alta Mesa

$30 $15

(52)

Housemade chorizo from a family recipe spices up chilaquiles, quesadillas, and huevos rancheros served all day

$8 at Saffron Indian Cuisine & Bar

Newbury Park

$16 $8

(97)

Indian dishes rooted in family recipes and years of experimentation; vast selection of whiskey, wine, and beer, including Indian specialties

Up to 48% Off Pub Food at Azar's Sports Bar

Newbury Park

$25 $13

Guests can enjoy mix of live music, cold beers and potent cocktails, and upscale pub fare such as seared ahi tuna or sirloin-steak sandwich

Up to 56% Off at The Don's Pizzeria

Simi Valley

$33 $15

Salads and crusty garlic bread alongside large build-your-own pizzas crowned with toppings such as pepperoni, goat cheese, olives, and bacon

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Viva La Pasta

Simi Valley

$30 $15

(113)

400+ variations of pasta and gourmet pizza alongside Italian specialties and paninis served amid patio's white umbrellas and fountains

52% Off at Coogie's Beach Cafe

Eastern Malibu

$25 $13.20

(256)

Pesto-infused burgers, white truffle macaroni and cheese, and turkey pot pie served in a spacious dining room beneath a central skylight

Up to 39% Off Modern American Cuisine at The Sunset Restaurant

Central Malibu

$90 $55

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Seafood pastas, filet mignon, and other elegant dishes served in a pristine dining room with views of Zuma Beach

Up to 50% Off at Ali Baba Persian Restaurant

Granada Hills South

$30 $15

Modern interpretations of traditional, Middle Eastern dishes, using Halal meat in stews, sandwiches, and beef and lamb entrees

40% Off at The Vegan Joint

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(528)

Thai vegan food, such as fried rice and pad thai with soy beef, plus classic diner options made vegan, including nachos and burgers

Up to 59% Off at Le Sanglier French Restaurant

Tarzana

$140 $59

(77)

40-year-old eatery presents escargots in garlic butter and pork tenderloin in peppercorn sauce

Up to 52% Off at Indian Food at Tandoori Grill

Valencia

$25 $12

(81)

Meats marinated in spices and roasted in a clay tandoori oven join kormas, curries, and biryanis

Half Off Fries and Chips at Potato Corner

Potato Corner

$10 $5

(14)

Loopy, original and sweet-potato fries made to order and coated in barbecue, cheddar and spice blends

Up to 47% Off at Asha Indian Restaurant

Tarzana

$30 $16

Variety of biyranis, plus lamb, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian meals adjusted to your preferred spice level

Pinocchio In Cucina – Up to 43% Off Italian Deli Cuisine

Pacific Palisades

$20 $12

Meat-filled paninis and traditional pizzas complement entrees of chicken milanese and lobster ravioli made with family recipes

40% Off Locally Sourced Cuisine at Jack's on Montana

Montana

$20 $12

Pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and other rustic dishes made with locally sourced ingredients

48% Off at Fromin's Delicatessen & Restaurant

Mid-City

$25 $13

Sour cream and preserves top blintzes from the all-day breakfast menu; cooks drizzle coleslaw and russian dressing atop sandwiches at lunch

50% Off Contemporary American Food at Killer Cafe

Marina Del Ray

$28 $14

Free-range eggs form omelets and scrambles; buttermilk pancakes, applewood-smoked bacon, and breakfast benedicts fill out the menu

Select Local Merchants

Creating Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company was a labor of love for John and Jennifer Karayan, who spent 20 years perfecting their eclectic Californian recipes before sharing them with the public. Named after the couple's 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, the business began as a concession trailer at festivals and fairgrounds, presenting healthful alternatives to traditional fast-food options without sacrificing speedy service. The concept took off, and the trailer eventually blossomed into a permanent location a couple of blocks from the shore.

Although the chefs use only sashimi-grade fish and make everything from clam chowder to sauces and salsas in-house, they don't stray far from the restaurant's unpretentious fairground roots. The Ventura County Reporter recognized the company's dual commitment to quality and convenience in 2011, honoring the eatery with awards for Best Fish Taco and Best Cheap Eats.

The same thoughtfulness with which John and Jennifer designed the healthful and flavorful menu led them to embrace a variety of environmentally friendly practices. In addition to donating their used trans-fat-free cooking oil to biodiesel refineries, they exclusively stock the restaurant with biodegradable plates, utensils, and employees.

Chalkboards of handwritten specials, an acoustic soundtrack by artists such as Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, and 36-inch flat-screen televisions playing skateboarding, surfing, and sporting events add to Spencer Makenzie's Fish Company's casual, laid-back ambiance. At the same time, photographs of local beaches line the walls and serve as a gentle reminder of the inspiration behind the ocean-fresh menu.

1879 Portola Rd
Ventura,
CA
US

Tucked away in the Ojai Valley, well-concealed paths wend past copses of lush trees to the popular garden sites of The Ranch House. There, diners relax among gentle streams and verdant foliage within an oriental teahouse, or see if they know how to yodel upon two elevated redwoods decks overlooking the grounds. Alan Hooker, a chef renowned for incorporating herbs into simple, yet elegant dishes, founded the Eden-like setting more than 60 years ago.

Lauded on an episode of Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, the seasonal cuisine includes free-range chicken breast stuffed with brie and grilled swordfish steaks brushed with lemon thyme butter that make them too slippery for traditional mid-dinner duels. To complement those flavors, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list with approximately 650 selections. After their meal, guests can tour the rest of The Ranch House grounds, working off the meal as they stroll through the herb garden and bakery.

102 Besant Rd
Ojai,
CA
US

“Good food and cheerful service,” as described by the Ventura Country Star, combine with vibrant mustard-yellow walls at La Herradura Mexican Grill, where a menu of mouthwatering Jalisco dishes transports taste buds to new epicurean shores. Mole sauce marks tender chicken with a scarlet "A" for "awesome" in the mole poblano con pollo ($8), and a dozen types of burrito ($5.50) swaddle succulent fillings in their savory cylinders. Despite its size, the al pastor taco refuses to skimp on flavor, serving up saucy, barbecued pork within a crunchy, crackly shell ($1.50). Diners can treat lips to regional sips of horchata or tamarind tea as they await the tableside delivery of crispy churros, whose deep-fried shell conceals sweet pleasures and rough drafts of the Constitution penned in chocolate syrup ($5.50). Owners Fernando and Virginia Duarte play a hands-on role in the operation of their restaurant, sourcing the ingredients themselves and occasionally serving it to gaggles of hungry fans.

107 E El Roblar Dr
Ojai,
CA
US

At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.

2950 Johnson Dr
Ventura,
CA
US

At the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, guests can belly up to 10 gourmet food trucks and sample toothsome fare in between stomping musical performances and competitive games of bocce ball duked out on 12 professional-grade courts. 30 minutes of court rental is covered with admission (teams can sign up at the festival), and 24 teams of four have the option to compete in the single-elimination tournament, vying for the $500 prize and the chance for a photo op with the nation's oldest bocce ball. Each team must pay a fee of $125 for entry into the tournament and the VIP lounge. Elsewhere at the jubilee, the grounds of Limoneira Ranch are speckled with meals on wheels, including sushi truck Temaki and Lickety Split's, a converted yellow school bus that vends frozen yogurt, iced coffee, and chocolate-coated detention slips. Although this Groupon does not cover food or drinks, festival-goers can purchase succulent, Texas–style smoked tri-tip from the It's In the Sauce BBQ food truck or wash back a frozen pomegranate lemonade from Del's.

204 E Main St
Ventura,
CA
US

As Renaissance's resident nail artist, Lori Gonzales wields thoroughly sanitized equipment to trim nails and dress them up in flattering coats of color. Feet ease into a tub padded with disposable liners as they undergo a toe-coddling pedicure, and fingertips receive similarly luxurious treatment above sea level as Lori deftly swabs nails with eye-grabbing shades of polish. Because she emphasizes safety through sterility, Lori employs mostly single-use tools.

53 S California St
Ventura,
CA
US